After attending SEMA for two consecutive seasons, Brandon Wightman decided it was time to take the bull by the horns and return to the show the next year, not as a spectator, but as a builder. That in mind, Wightman embarked upon a project, that although time consuming, would prove a very rewarding experience.
Brandon Wightman's simple, but awesome 2008 Toyota Tundra SEMA Show vehicle
Starting off with a 2008 Toyota Tundra, Wightman was eager to get the project underway. At the build's end, his goal was to show a vehicle that not only would perform mechanically, but would prove very pleasing to the eye.
He opted to do very few modifications to the 5.7 liter engine resting under the hood but he did bolt a K&N performance ait intake atop the engine block.
Brandon Wightman displayed this 2008 Tundra with 5.7 liter engine at the 2012 SEMA Show
"I use K&N because I have heard the quality of their products is one of the best in the business, and gives out great results,"explained Wightman. "This is the first K&N product that I have ever used, and I plan to continue using K&N for all of my next builds. I love the performance gains and the extra power it gives to my truck.”
Aware of the importance of a proper exhaust outflow, Wightman chose to outfit his truck with a Gibson performance exhaust system. While under the rig, it was only fitting to install a six-to-seven inch lift kit by CTS Suspension.
With the bulk of mechanical issues behind him, Wightman eagerly proceeded to glamorize the exterior of the Tundra. From the front of the vehicle, folks would instantly be impressed upon seeing a T-Rex X-Metal mesh grill bordered with HID and LED lights that he received from houseofhid.com.
With the front cap taken care of, Brandon Wightman then focused on the back-half of his vehicle. After installing an A.R.E. Z-series bed cap, Wightman was pleased with the body, and set out to choose what he would consider the perfect set of tires and wheels.
This 2008 Tundra not only looks great, but is funcitonal and equates to a great SEMA Show vehicle
The paint job on the vehicle was flawless and white as a driven snow. Wightman was confident that contrasting colors would make the eyes of those looking on dance with excitement. Wightman bolted on a set of Fuel Offroad Revolvers, and what better color than black. Falling back on Toyo's reliability and good looks, the owner chose Open Country M/T tires as the final modification to the vehicle's exterior.
Granted, the rig was looking good and would perform to its expectations, but there was still work to be done on the vehicle's interior. Starting out with a Bedrug carpet kit, Wightman had laid down the perfect foundation for a classy set of seats. That in mind, he went with leather seats provided by Katzkin.
In Brandon Wightman's mind, a kickin' sound system was a crucial element to the epitome of the perfect build, that in mind, he turned to Al and Ed's Autosound for their know-how in audio installations and designs.
No matter what angle, this 2008 Tundra looked great in the 2012 SEMA Show line up
At the project's end, Kenwood Excelon, Stinger and Scosche audio had all been used to create a perfectly tuned sound system.
With the build behind him, Brandon Wightman had completed a project that not only was pleasing to the eye, but was a testimony of his perseverance and skills. "I am quite new to the whole project car building, and find it to be a new hobby and passion," explained Wightman. "It takes a lot of time and dedication to make sure that the vehicle is clean and ready to roll."
When asked his inspiration, Wightman continued, "To be able to say that I have built a SEMA vehicle has been a dream of mine. There is no theme. I just wanted to build something that I can show off and enjoy driving, as well as take it off-road sometimes and get it dirty."
Wightman's work has already been noticed as his truck was featured in the T-Rex Grille 2012 catalog. A recent photo-shoot was also scheduled for the December issue of a Japanese magazine, and yet another shoot has already been scheduled with Show Cars Inc.
Sponsors played a big role in geting this 2008 Toyota Tundra ready for SEMA 2012
Although the 2008 Toyota Tundra was Brandon Wightman's first SEMA build, he is already looking forward to future projects, as he has not been bitten, but has been consumed by the bug.
"I am very appreciative for all of the people I have run into over the past couple of years," explained Wightman. "My friend got me into this, as they all have lifted trucks. Without the support of my friends and family, I wouldn't have been able to build a vehicle that I can say has been on the SEMA Show 2012,"he continued. "Thank you for everything, and I look forward to the future."
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